JPII - Requiem for the 1st anniversary of the death of John Paul II - art action by Mike Mathes.

Am Sonntag, den 2.April 2006, um 11 Uhr,  werden im Kloster Heiligenborn in Bous die Ergebnisse der Dynamischen Wanderausstellung „Requiem- Papst Johannes Paul II“ von Mike Mathes präsentiert. Im Rahmen des Sonntag-Gottesdienstes um 11 Uhr wird Pater Wittenkämper den Künstler zu seiner Ausstellung befragen: Der Leiter des Klosters will damit den kritischen Dialog in der Kirche befördern. Mike Mathes macht mit seinen Gemälden und Kunstaktionen auf sozial schwierige Themen aufmerksam. „Die Ausstellung ist dem Kloster Heiligenborn gewidmet: Themen wie Frauen und Kirche, Homosexualität, Kondome gegen Aids, Zynismus der Macht, finden hier Gehör.“

During one year numerous church services took place in connection with Mathes' art action. Among them "JPII Requiem" in the monastery Heiligenborn (sermon: Father Wittenkämper), Benedict XVI in the cathedral of Dillingen (Pastor Rainer-Matthias Müller), "the dignity of man" in the Peter and Paul Church Beaumarais (Pastor Simon Huynh), Benedict XVI meets Winnetou (monastery Heiligenborn). Likewise, the artist advertised in the program booklet of the adult education centers in the district of Saarlouis with the ad "The dignity of man is inviolable" for participation in his action.

"For me, it's about generating interest in difficult, social issues and looking for imaginative solutions." In the course of this, the artist took the Aids-Hilfe Saar and, for some years now, the Dementia Center/SLS on board. John Paul stands for openness and courage to face life, but also for insisting on old-fashioned prejudices. Despite age and illness, he continued to appear in public. He gave many people, especially young people, an example of human dignity. "I admired him for that." But Woijtyla also stood for an unyielding attitude toward women and gays. Benedict XVI's successor, unfortunately, does not present a better picture on these issues. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Mathes would like to continue the artistic dialogue in memory of a great man.

"JPII dedicated his life to the Mother of God. I would like to tie the following annual action to this." Those interested can keep up to date on the Internet at www.RegenbogenMadonna.de to keep up to date. The first "Rainbow Madonna will be unveiled after Father Wittenkämper's sermon. The Father will then ask the artist on behalf of the visitors of the service about the new picture. Information in the studio Mike Mathes (06831/4896199 or 0160 8046934). To the service and in his studio, Ludwig-Karl-Balzer-Allee 5, 66740 Saarlouis, the artist holds art cards and posters ready, on which different JPII actions are shown. www.RegenbogenMadonna.de auf dem Laufenden halten. Die erste „RegenbogenMadonna wird nach der Predigt von Pater Wittenkämper enthüllt. Der Pater will dann den Künstler stellvertretend für die Besucher des Gottesdienstes zum neuen Bild befragen. Informationen im Atelier Mike Mathes (06831/4896199 oder 0160 8046934). Zum Gottesdienst und in seinem Atelier, Ludwig-Karl-Balzer-Allee 5, 66740 Saarlouis, hält der Künstler Kunstkarten und Poster bereit, auf denen unterschiedliche JPII-Aktionen abgebildet sind.


Mike Mathes is known for his - mostly monumental - colorful works with countless eyes; however, there are many different projects besides, some of which have their own
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Inspired Eyes

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Gesicht zeigen

In the early 1980s, Mike Mathes was still a student at the Städel Art Academy in Frankfurt am Main, when he was diagnosed HIV-positive.

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This campaign began at the Aids-Hilfe Saar, where Mike Mathes regularly offered creative courses and colorfully painted a black umbrella as motivation.

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Tausend Augen Worldwide

Mit dem Ausbruch des US-Irak-Krieges 2003 und der damit verbundenen Ohnmacht und dem Gefühl, irgendetwas tun zu müssen, hob Mike Mathes am gleichen Tag seine Kunstaktion Tausend Augen®️ aus der Taufe.

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In einem der zahlreichen Projekte an Schulen und Kindertagesstätten entwickelte sich die Idee, der Form des Saarlandes eine erweiterte Intention zu geben: ein Elefantenkind mit fliegenden Ohren, das alle mit

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1000 Tableaus

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